Paris: Chez Prault, 1784. First edition. 12mo, original blue wrappers, 7.13 x 4.3 inches, xxxv, , 251,  pages, unopened and untrimmed. Portions of the fragile spine perished; some wear and soiling; a good, sound copy in its original condition. Item #19594
An important study of animal magnetism and anticipatory of later psychological studies. Crabtree 116: "Thouret was a member of the Royal Society of Medicine in Paris and one of the leading spokesmen of the opposition of that society to animal magnetism and the teachings of Mesmer." With much on the historical context of hidden natural healing forces, suggesting Mesmer was not novel in his approach. Faint early pencil and autograph ink notation to the coated front wrapper.